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Author Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894, author.

Title A player and a gentleman : the diary of Harry Watkins, nineteenth-century US American actor / edited by Amy E. Hughes and Naomi J. Stubbs.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018.


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Description 1 online resource (vii, 341 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary "Hardworking actor, playwright, and producer Harry Watkins (1825-94) was also a prolific diarist. For 15 years Watkins regularly recorded the plays he saw, the roles he performed, the books he read, and his impressions of current events. Performing across the U.S., Watkins collaborated with preeminent performers and producers, recording his successes and failures as well as his encounters with celebrities such as P.T. Barnum, Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin Forrest, Anna Cora Mowatt, and Lucy Stone. His is the only known diary of substance written by a U.S. actor before the Civil War--making Watkins, essentially, the antebellum equivalent of Samuel Pepys. Theater historians Amy E. Hughes and Naomi J. Stubbs have selected, edited, and annotated substantial excerpts from the diary in an edition that offers a vivid glimpse of how ordinary people like Watkins lived, loved, struggled, and triumphed during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. The selections in A Player and a Gentleman are drawn from a more expansive digital archive of the complete diary. The book, like its digital counterpart, will richly enhance our knowledge of antebellum theater culture and daily life in the U.S. during this period"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 13, 2018).
Contents Introduction -- Harry Watkins (1825-1894): a chronology -- 1845-46 -- 1846-47 -- 1847-48 -- 1848-49 -- 1849-50 -- 1850-51 -- 1851-52 -- 1852-53 -- 1853-54 -- 1854-55 -- 1855-56 -- 1856-57 -- 1857-58 -- 1858-59 -- 1859-60 -- Index of people -- Index of play titles -- Index of subjects.
Subject Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894 -- Diaries.
Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894. Diares. Selections.
Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894. (OCoLC)fst01691181
Actors -- United States -- Diaries.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- General.
Actors. (OCoLC)fst00796296
Theater. (OCoLC)fst01149217
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Diaries. (OCoLC)fst01423794
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Hughes, Amy, editor.
Stubbs, Naomi J., 1981- editor.
Added Title Diaries. Selections
Diary of Harry Watkins, nineteenth-century US American actor
Other Form: Print version: Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894. Player and a gentleman. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018 9780472130917 (DLC) 2018021214
ISBN 9780472124060 (electronic book)
0472124064 (electronic book)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub.9290953 doi
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